Named after the nearby temple Goa Gajah, the exclusive Chedi Club in Ubud is a property of twenty elegantly furnished villas, gracefully scattered among beautiful gardens, surrounded by rice fields—with a view of the Gunung Agung volcano.
Tanah Gajah was not built as a hotel. Initially it was just a quiet refuge and weekend retreat for the family and friends of Indonesian architect and interior designer Hadipran Hendra. Only later the architect, working with General Hotels Management (GHM), converted the estate into a luxurious hotel.
Today the interiors are filled with works of art made by Balinese artists and craftsmen—from the private collection of Hadiprana.
The villa designers set local motifs against modern design and technology.
The villas are fully equipped with just about everything any sybarite might need: indoor and outdoor musical system, glorious bedrooms, semi-outdoor bathrooms, private courtyard entrances and gardens and freestanding verandah (called bale). Some villas have private swimming pools, and all come with a complementary minibar.
Personal butlers take care of guests during theirs stay at the hotel, but can also organize a tour of the rice paddies or a drive to the town. Fancy a romantic night for two at your own villa? The butler fills up the outside hot tub, lights candles at the poolside, and brings the dinner.
The Chedi spa and more
The signature spa session lasts three hours and is conducted not by one but two therapists. It consists of an aromatherapy foot polish, a jade massage, organic facial, an Asian style foot massage, oriental body polish and finishes with a bathing ceremony in a natural stone hot tub—overlooking the vast rice fields surrounding the Chedi.
Other than from the spa, the view of rice paddies and the massive volcano in the distance is best enjoyed from the Club Lounge and Restaurant, where free cocktails and snacks are served in the evenings.
The hotel is a member of the GHM group.